First off, I am adding the word "Boss" to my everyday vernacular.
I know we are discussing this Ad Nauseum, but I felt compelled to say something that may deserve its own thread. Now I don't know this for absolute sure, none of us do, but if I were a betting man, I would say that Lynch suffers from a form of generalized anxiety. The reason I say that is because I have lived with anxiety since I was a teenager. My specific phobia is speaking in public. Or more specifically, having to address a group of people whether it is on the job, or speaking in front of a crowd for any reason. One thing I have heard over and over is, "How can you be a lead singer in a rock band yet have a fear of public speaking?"
It's a valid question but one I always had an answer to. On stage, with the power of my music and vocals, that was MY comfort zone. I could address the crowd in MY comfort zone. Remove me from that comfort zone (for instance, having to give a speech to a crowd with no music, or not being able to sing) and it would be debilitating on a level only those with the same anxiety could understand. Lynch's comfort zone, or stage, is obviously the football field.
I do understand I have no way to know for sure if that has anything to do with Lynch's aversion to the media but I have been studying his body language very closely this week and I would bet money it is part of it. I have nothing but compassion and empathy for anyone that suffers from social anxiety, in any of its manifestations and levels. I've lived with this for over half of my life and in the moments it has become a problem, it's horrific.
While I do appreciate the NFL's position to a degree (If they allow exceptions, what would stop any and all players from choosing not to speak to the media?), there should be exceptions, especially if we are talking about someone like Lynch who has made it painfully clear just how much he doesn't want to speak to the media.
Clayton and company? You can kiss my hairy ass. I hope to God Lynch goes BEAST MODE ALL DAY LONG SUNDAY!
Lynch, we love ya, Boss!